The Alaska Mountaineer Youth Development Program is a year round Organization serving more than 80-90 girls and boys annually who live primarily in the Mt
View, Fairview, Muldoon and Russian Jack communities of Anchorage, Alaska. Using sports to connect with youth as a way of encouraging and achieving
excellence in academics is not unique. Developing personal goals, sound moral standards, providing an extended family to assist with social growth in becoming
valuable contributors of their community is. Therefore, encouraging student-athletes to become a student of the classroom first and a student of sports second
Founded in 1999, the original (Mt View) Mountaineers began in partnership with the Mt View Boys & Girls Club, as a community based program. Giving
neighborhood youth the same basic elements for athletic growth and in arts as youth in surrounding communities were accustomed to. The program, not large,
focused on a diverse community of at risk youth wanting to compete competitively and recreationaly in basketball, volleyball, baseball, dance and chess.
In June 1999, the Boys & Girls Club moved into its new facility, the Mt View Community Center. Here the partnership grew stronger by utilizing the gym, multi-
purpose room and teen room to expand exposure and program focus to all youth. It was in this facility the Mountaineer program became a force in Anchorage
communities and throughout the state of Alaska. While youth development programs have come and gone, some were instituting goals other than those focused
on the student-athlete and non-athlete while others' were gender specific. The Alaska Mountaineer Youth Development & Sports program will continue to meet
the needs of youth in the community by providing year round academic support, social encouragement, quality coaching, top-level competition and developmental
skills for youth in elementary through high school and beyond.
make positive life choices in becoming responsible and productive citizens.